December 10, 2018

The 2019 GAA Season

It’s hard to believe, but the 2019 GAA season is upon us. 2018 is behind us (apart from the All Ireland Club Championships) and all GAA supporters are dreaming of what might happen in the year ahead. League, Provincial and All Ireland glory could be on the horizon…or that’s the hope anyway. It will also be intriguing to see how the new football rules bed in during the pre-season competitions and the league campaign. Will they work and be brought through to the Championship or will they revert back to the rules we are all comfortable? Time will tell.

Here at Intersport Elverys we’re part of the GAA fabric and are partnered with counties Mayo, Tipperary, Dublin, Sligo, Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny and Waterford, so we’re really excited to see what the new season brings. We will take a closer look at some of the counties.

Mayo

As title sponsor of Mayo GAA, we cannot wait to see what the new season has in sort. Both the Men’s and Ladies team had somewhat turbulent season in 2018, so 2019 offers the chance to start afresh with renewed optimism. Manager Peter Leahy will be hoping that the ladies can get back to the All Ireland final, like they did in 2017. As for the men, James Horan has come back in as manager and will be hoping to bring Mayo back to the levels of previous seasons, having been in at least the All Ireland Semi-Final from 2011-2017, last year being the exception where their season ended in the qualifiers after the “Newbridge or Nowhere” game. There are lots of reasons to be optimistic, for both teams. 2019 could be a huge year!

The Mayo hurlers season didn’t go to plan as they were relegated to the Nicky Rackard Cup, but will be hoping that they will be back promoted to the Christy Ring Cup in 2019. Shop Mayo GAA HERE.

Dublin

In early October, Intersport Elverys announced that we are the new Official Retail Partner of Dublin GAA. Dublin GAA are going through what many believe to be one of the most successful eras in the GAA. The men’s team are looking to complete an unprecedented 5 in a row All Ireland titles, as well as a 9th straight Leinster title and trying to win their 6th NFL title in 7 seasons. Jim Gavins men are continually evolving, with new players fitting in seamlessly each year. Will they win them all again? Probably!

The ladies team are also going through a period of dominance and 2019 will see them go in search of a 3rd All Ireland on the bounce. The hurlers failed to make it our of Leinster in 2018 but will be hoping to improve in 2019. The camogie team got to the quarter final last year and will also look to improve next season. Shop Dublin GAA HERE.

Galway

A big season awaits Galway GAA. The 2017 All Ireland Hurling Champions Galway came up just short of retaining their title in 2018 after losing to Limerick by a point in the final. They did win the Leinster title though and the 2019 season offers them the chance to show everyone just how good they are. Micheál Donoghues charges have been installed as the early favorites for Liam McCarthy in 2019 and a lot of pundits think they could win it again. 2018 was a year to remember for the footballers. After getting to the division one final (ultimately losing to Dublin), they followed it up by winning the Connacht title against Roscommon and also got to the All Ireland semi final for the first time since 2001. Kevin Walsh and his team will be hoping to build on the success of 2018 and consistently become a top 4 team.

The Galway ladies football team had a similar season to the men’s team by winning Connacht and getting to the semi-final while the camogie team also got to the semi final. Both teams will be hoping to go one game further in 2019. Shop Galway GAA HERE.

Limerick

2018 was a year to remember for Limerick Hurlers. They ended a long wait to capture the Liam McCarthy for the first time since 1973 by beating Galway in the final by a single point. They did it the hard way too, by finishing 3rd in Munster and having to play a preliminary quarter final (Carlow), quarter final (Kilkenny), semi final (Cork) and then the final against defending champions (Galway). The celebrations are most likely still going on. 2019 will be a huge season for this young Limerick squad and manager John Kiely will be hoping for repeating the success of 2018. Winning a Munster title will surely be in their sights!

2018 was a year to forget for the Limerick footballers, losing in the quarter final of Munster to Clare and the first round of the qualifiers to Mayo. They will be hoping for a much better season in 2019. Shop Limerick GAA HERE.

Everybody here at Intersport Elverys Towers are really looking forward to new GAA season. Get ready for the 2019 GAA season at Intersport Elverys HERE. We have everything needed for players and supporters.